Monday highlights at Sochi Olympics: American skier Julia Mancuso takes bronze

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Julia Mancuso gave the United States its first Alpine skiing medal Monday - a bronze in the super-combined.

Mancuso, who took silver at the Vancouver Games in 2000, won the first of two races, the downhill, but lost ground in the slalom.

Mancuso said she hadn't even raced a full-length slalom since January 2013.

"I could definitely risk more, but without having the slalom mileage, it's really tough to snap off turns and try to make up speed," Mancuso said. "It's more just: Survive and get to the finish."

Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany repeated her gold from the 2000 Vancouver Games and Nicole Hosp of Austria took the silver.

Hoefl-Riesch was fifth fastest in the opening downhill leg, trailing Mancuso by 1.04 seconds. The German's two-run time of 2 minutes, 34.62 seconds was 0.40 seconds faster than Hosp and 0.53 better than Mancuso.

Mancuso won her fourth career Olympic medal in Alpine skiing. No other American woman has won more than two.

ICE HOCKEY: The United States women's team romped to a 9-0 victory over Switzerland to all-but clinch a spot in the semifinals. Canada beat Finland 3-1. The U.S. and Canada have their grudge match Wednesday.

SPEEDSKATING: The U.S. has yet to reach the medal podium through three days of competition. The men got blanked in the 500 meters on Monday. Shani Davis of Chicago used the two races as a training run and still came away with the best U.S. finish, 24th in 1 minute, 10.98 seconds.

The Americans' best chance for gold comes Wednesday, when Davis competes in the 1,000, trying to become the first male speedskater to win the same event in three straight Olympics.

Michael Mulder led another Netherlands sweep in the 500,  edging teammate Jan Smeekens by 12-thousanths of a second. Mulder's identical twin brother, Ronald, got the bronze.

SHORT-TRACK SPEEDSKATING:  Charles Hamelin of Canada raced to the 1,500-meter short track speedskating gold, and Viktor Ahn earned the bronze to give Russia its first-ever short track medal.

At 29, Hamelin was the oldest skater in the first final of the short track competition. The wily veteran maintained a top-three position throughout most of the 14-lap race, leaving enough at the end to defeat a loaded field, including Ahn and silver medalist Han Tianyu of China. Ahn was a three-time gold medalist for his native South Korea, but after missing the Vancouver Games he changed his name and became a Russian citizen. When he stepped on the medals podium, the mostly Russian crowd erupted in wild cheers.

BIATHLON: Martin Fourcade's win earned France its first medal, while Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway finished fourth, missing out on a record 13th Winter Olympic medal. Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic took the silver, and Jean Guillaume Beatrix of France earned bronze.

CURLING: In a heavyweight matchup between two favorites for the women's curling gold medal, Sweden defeated Britain 6-4. Also, Canada routed 2010 bronze-medalist China 9-2 in a shortened game that was conceded because of the huge differential. Switzerland beat the United States 7-4 and Russia topped Denmark 6-4 in other first round-robin games.


 

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